Newsletter: Have You Heard About "UnRig it"?
Political insiders know what more and more voters are finally waking up to: the political “game” is rigged by both sides.
From “member communications,” to gerrymandering, to systematic attempts to keep anyone who doesn’t toe the party-line from participating in elections, there is a reason voters “don’t matter” to the political class.
But voters are waking up.
In New York City, over 8 million residents could soon adopt ranked choice voting to reduce the “spoiler” effect for independent candidates at the ballot box. Another credible organization just filed to get RCV on the ballot in Massachusetts.
In deep blue California, the Independent Voter Project is challenging voter suppression in presidential primary elections. In Michigan, reformers are pushing back against GOP insiders suing to undo a citizens’ redistricting commission voters overwhelmingly approved in 2018.
And did you hear? In Republican-controlled Florida, more than 550,000 voters are demanding an equal voice in the taxpayer-funded election process by implementing nonpartisan open primaries, which would level the playing field for all voters in one of the nation’s biggest battleground states.
Fact is, when you are an independent-minded voter, pundits ignore us. Primaries exclude us. Political scientists say we are just “closet partisans.”
Nonsense. More than half of the American electorate is sick and tired of both sides of the divisive political system.
That’s why we’ve started the Existence, a monthly giving program that helps us to challenge the partisan establishment on both sides, make lasting election reformpossible, and tell the political class: you can’t ignore us any longer.
Will you join us?
In the News...
BY SHAWN GRIFFITHS
The political establishment doesn’t want you to know about the efforts going on right now to fight voter suppression and disenfranchisement in red AND blue cities and states across the US. Here are 6 of these fights happening right now.READ MORE
BY KAIA LOS HUERTOS
Many presidential candidates will be spending the month of August hitting the campaign trail hard while Congress is on recess. One candidate, however, will be taking a break from the campaign trail for military service.READ MORE
BY SHAWN GRIFFITHS
On July 23, 2019, the Independent Voter Project (IVP)-- one of 7 plaintiffs -- filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Alex Padilla (Boydsten v. Padilla) for failing to provide an open presidential primary as required by the state constitution. Here are 10 facts you need to know about California’s broadly criticized presidential primary.
HAVE YOU LISTENED TO OUR PODCAST?
THIS WEEK'S EPISODE
In the debut episode of “Unrig It,” the new podcast of the National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers(NANR), NANR Executive Director Jim Jonas discusses the legal fight to end widespread voter suppression with Independent Voter Project attorney Chad Peace, Independent Voting attorney Harry Kresky, and Scott Greytak from RepresentUs.
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What I'm Reading...
Michigan Attorney General asks federal court to drop GOP redistricting lawsuit
By Malachi Barrett, MLive.com
Voters Don’t Have to Settle for a Binary Choice. Look at Justin Amash
By George Will, The Washington Post
Ranked voting deserves a serious look
By The Republican Editorials, MassLive
Bad Solutions and No Solutions: The Two-Party Failure on Gun Violence
By Craig Berlin, Independent Voter News
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT